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Khaddam plots coup d’etat, wants Bashar in jail – analysis

January 7th, 2006 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Former Syrian Vice President Abdul Halim Khaddam has admitted that he wants to overthrow Bashar’s government. But he still insists he doesn’t harbour any intentions of becoming President.

Don’t forget, Khaddam was President in the interim period between Hafez’s death and Bashar’s appointment. There was said to be much wrangling behind the scenes, with many thinking Khaddam – who had been at the top since the very begining – should be made president over the inexperienced son.

Bashar also revealed that Khaddam was plotting while still in office just before being ousted six months ago.

In revelations more suited to Kuwaiti gossip-rag As-Siyassiyah than a man who was the second most powerful person in Syria until six months ago, he also says he wants Bashar to go to prison. He accuses him of being personally responsible for Hariri’s death.

But even though he says he wants regime change, he says that he is totally opposed to external help – i.e. a US invasion. Interesting then, that he has chosen exile in France not the US. Does this signal something about France’s intentions?

It is also very interesting that the US has stayed utterly silent (apart from a couple of John Bolton utterances) for the past couple of months – I find it very difficult to accept that they still haven’t used the Khaddam affair to their advantage.

Meanwhile Khaddam says he has been interviewed by UN investigators over allegations he made that Bashar threatened Hariri. Bashar says there’s no way Khaddam could make such claims because there was no one in the meeting apart from Bashar and Hariri.

Khaddam was a close personal friend of Hariri, as well as being a regime hardliner and member of the old guard linked to Hafez’s brutality. He opposed Bashar’s reform, and sucessfully blocked Bashar from bringing non-Ba’ath politicians into government.

To understand the Khaddam flare up, it’s necessary to understand the Khaddam-Hariri-Saudi-French connections. Josh Landis has a useful analysis. And in the coming days I am planning a backgrounder on the whole ‘Hariri year’.

Khaddam insists he still has more ‘revelations’ – it promises to be an exciting year.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 t_desco // Jan 7, 2006 at 6.32 pm

    Yesterday Khaddam told RTL: “Un jour, Bachar a convoqué Rafic Hariri en présence d’officiers de sécurité et il l’a rudoyé.”
    Le Monde

    In the interview with Newsweek, Khaddam claimed to have scolded President Asad: “How can you use that kind of language, especially in front of junior Syrian generals?” (i.e. “Ghazi Kanaan, Rustom Ghazaleh, and Mohammed Khalouf”).
    Newsweek

    In contrast, President Asad told Al-Osboa: “Nobody attended the last meeting between me and al-Hariri, therefore, how can they make these allegations?”
    al-Jazeera

    Check the first Mehlis report to see who is right and who is lying.

  • 2 norman // Jan 9, 2006 at 3.50 am

    I understand that Khadam,s wealth is about 1.1 Bilion that is an excelent return from 20000 syrian pounds monthly salary i like to know his finantial advisers ,could he be Harreri?.I do not think i can do it ,i have to sor sale first.

  • 3 Anonymous // Jan 9, 2006 at 6.04 am

    alssad familly,has transfered 11 billions US $ to europe banks ,Basel Asad left in his swiss account 18 billions US $,Rami Makhloof has already 4 billions+ one billion /year,his bro is also in the road of rami, the sons of Jamil Asad (from his several wifes)have a dispute for legacy evaluated to 6 billions US $…
    Syria has lost 150 billions US $ because of these looters…what about the shaleesh,tlas,fayad….and all their relatives….
    Poor syrian people !

  • 4 The Syrian Brit // Jan 10, 2006 at 2.19 pm

    I am sure if any the heads of the Syrian Mafia families (the Assads, the Khaddams, the Tlasses, The Makhloufs, etc. etc. etc.) applied to join the Scicilian Mafia, their applications would be turned down, as they would be deemed too corrupt, too ruthless, too violent and just too dishonest..

  • 5 chennai plots // Mar 10, 2010 at 12.53 pm

    this is an interesting story.

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